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The Mark of the Rani
Doctor Who, episode 140 (22.3)
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2012 09:42:53
The Doctor puts a Rocket up the Rani's plans
The TARDIS arrives in Killingworth in 19th Century England, where the Master is plotting to kill some of the key figures of the industrial revolution. Also present is the Rani, a Time Lord biochemist who was cast out from Gallifrey and is now dictator of the planet Miasimia Goria.
The Rani has altered the metabolism of Miasimia Goria's populace to heighten their awareness, but in the process has inadvertently lowered their ability to sleep. In order to correct this she has been drawing a fluid from the brains of humans at various points in Earth's history, unconcerned that this leaves them aggressive and unable to sleep themselves.
Now she is adding to the unrest caused in England by the Luddites. She has also planted some land mines that turn people into trees.
The Doctor sabotages the Rani's TARDIS and she and the Master are sent spinning into the vortex at the mercy of a rapidly growing tyrannosaurus rex embryo - a specimen collected on one of her earlier visits to Earth.
By The Television Companion on 23 Oct 2003 21:52:14
Stories with a historical setting are something of a rarity in seventies and eighties Doctor Who, and The Mark of the Rani makes a very pleasant departure from the norm. In fact, with its inclusion of steam engine pioneer George Stevenson, it is the first story to feature a bona-fide historical figure since season three's The Gunfighters. The setting is very well realised, too, with some excellent location filming, and makes a nice contrast to the futuristic locales in which the other sixth...
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